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Raising Your Daughter for Ranger School

Right now, two women are enduring the last week of the United States Army Ranger School in the daunting Florida “jungle” phase, as part of a pilot program to help the Pentagon decide how they might open combat specialty positions to women in the future. Throughout their attendance at the course,... 

7 Old Video Game Exclamations You Can Still Use in Parenthood

Back when it was a totally dope diss to say “don’t have a cow, man”, kids had a vocabulary full of pop culture. There was something magical about old video games’ vocal snippets. Because games had limited memory, and because we were dealing with cartridges and CDs instead of... 
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Old School NES Games That Prepared Me for Fatherhood

Fathers pull their inspiration from weird places. Some of them pull it out of their own father’s teachings. Some of them pull it out of necessity and learn on the fly. But what indisputably prepares you for fatherhood the most is video games. Old NES games, specifically. Look, that console had two... 
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10 Discontinued Junk Foods That My Son Will Never Get the Chance to Eat

Some things are too good (or too bad) to keep around forever. This is especially true in the world of junk food, where brands constantly crank out products based on market trends and flimsy pop culture references. My son will never eat some of the junk food I had when I was younger. I certainly won’t... 
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25 Reasons Kids Should Be Left Alone With Their Dads

Making fun of dads because they are “pretty much just giant children” is soooooooo 2011. Maybe y’all ain’t heard, but dads are getting all sorts of respect lately – not because they’re doing anything different, but because – ugh – who didn’t want... 
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(Disclosure: I’m a Nintendo Ambassador and they sent me an NES Classic Edition to play with. Boom!)

Sup, nerds. It’s been great walking among the people, but the truth is that for years, I’ve been hiding my true identity, and I think it’s finally time you know it.

The truth is, I’m Z-Ro, the last Nintendo Game Counselor. Born in the 80s, honed by playing with power until I bled pixels. By the time the Nintendo Power Line faded away, I had gone into hiding with nothing but an NES and a dream that one day I may use my power again. That day, friends, is today.

There can only be one, baby, and I’m it! Cowabunga!


I’m Lucky.

Car Accident

I’m standing over my son’s bed, and I start crying. I think: he’s alive.

It’s a weird emotion for me. My wife and son were in a car accident today coming home from school. Everyone was okay. The car wasn’t. People lived, items didn’t. It worked out how it was supposed to. But my seven-year-old is scared. He’s waking up as soon as he falls asleep. He’s crying because he’s scared. “I want momma,” his voice cracks.

“Momma’s got to sleep too,” I answer. “She was also in the car accident and she’s hurt too. You both need to rest.”


Adult coloring books are hot these days, but this one by Kenny Keil is more than a book where you’re fine-point coloring complicated line drawings of majestic hawks. This is the world of Tony Montana — Scarface — if he were a stay at home dad.

Check out the video and let us know if you’re picking up Stay At Home Scarface: A Coloring & Activity Book for Gangster Parents for yourself!

Big thanks to Devastator Press for sending copies of the book to both Bryan and I. Check out their site – they’ve got some other awesome books for fans of pop culture and humor. HEY THAT’S US!


The internet is aflame with the Cheerio Challenge, a game where dads have been stacking Cheerios on their sleeping babies’ heads. There’s a zero percent change you haven’t seen this, because the story’s been covered by The Huffington Post, The TODAY Show, Buzzfeed, Mashable, and it’s appeared on Facebook‘s trending stories.

The game was started by Patrick Quinn, a friend of mine and part of the Life of Dad team. He and his wife just welcomed their third child Maxton to the family, so the Quinns are back on diapers and middle-of-the-night feedings. While sitting on the couch one night, Patrick began stacking Cheerios from a nearby bowl on his son’s head. He posted a photo of it to Life of Dad’s Facebook page Thursday, challenging others to beat his record of five. And because the internet is the internet, Patrick’s score was immediately beaten. Since Thursday, the post has been shared over 20,000 times and as mentioned, every entertainment and news outlet has picked up the story.


#ParentLikeADad –
Movie(s) Available!

Dads are EVERYWHERE. OMG! That’s right, we are. And we’re proud! We’re proud to be a significant part in our children’s lives and we want to show it. How can YOU show it? By sharing your own stories with the hashtag, #ParentLikeADad.


Ziro Robotics Kit
Movie(s) Available!

Who wants robots? Whenever I get the opportunity to ask that question, which is never, it’s always a resounding “what kind of robot?”. Just kidding, I’ve never asked that question. What I do know is that this Ziro thing is really really cool and you should check it out. Here’s the video and my thoughts on the product!

Head on over to and tell them 8BitDad sent you!


Winning Easter

As we wait in line to see the Easter Bunny, the reactions to my son are varied: some parents (especially those with new babies) just don’t get it. Parents of older kids chuckle and smile, point while they think we’re not looking, and when I do make eye contact, they smile and give me the knowing-dad-nod. Sometimes they walk by my son and say “cool!” Kids in line tug at their moms’ dresses and wonder why they’re in their Sunday’s best and my son is dressed like Wolverine.

As another little boy walks by and stares, my six year old says in a gravely voice, “happy Easter, bub.

I can’t imagine bringing my son to see the Easter Bunny in anything other than his Halloween costumes. And I don’t want to tell you how to live your life, but I think you should start bringing your kids to see the Easter Bunny in costume as well.

As if you really need a reason to dress your kid up like Wolverine to see another costumed human. But nevertheless, I have reasons, because I’m a reasonable person.



The new normal is that brands are showing fathers as competent, caring, emotional and intelligent. They’re part of the family unit, no longer relegated to the hungry animal blasting in the door from work, ready to eat, have a beer and tune out. The image of fathers in commercials has matured (we won!), and because of it, commercial dads are cooking, cleaning and raising kids. It’s great.

One of the brands that’s consistently put out great dadvertising — Zillow — is back again. The real estate website has a spot on TV right now called “Gunnar’s Home”, and it tackles a non-traditional household with grace and respect.